So – you decided to take a photography tour to the destination of your dreams.
Now you have some decisions to make, since every person has a different idea of their perfect tour. Here are some of my thoughts on planning your photography tour to hopefully help you have a great experience.
There are different types of photography tours. Some just get you to the right location at the right time, others also offer instruction and image reviews. But keep in mind, a tour is not a photo workshop. There will never be as much instruction as in a photo workshop.
What do you like to photograph? Nature, architecture, people? Maybe you like to do a little of everything? Check out the details of the tour to make sure it is what really interests you.
Some tours require a certain level of fitness. Make sure you are up to it!
Check the group size and student/instructor ratio, especially if it is a tour that includes instruction.
Before you head on your tour, make sure you know your camera well (and don’t forget to bring the manual along). You will be in an exciting new environment , so you don’t want to have to worry about figuring out your camera settings.
If you are flying overseas, plan to arrive a couple of days ahead of time to recover from the jet-lag, so you won’t be half asleep for a good portion of your trip.
Now that you have decided on the tour, there is the gear to pack:
- ALWAYS have a back-up camera!
- Check with the photographer leading the tour to see which lenses are suggested.
- Make sure you have a comfortable pack that you can carry around for a long time.
- More memory cards and batteries than you thought (especially if you are travelling to a destination where you might not have power all the time).
- Universal power-plug adapter and a power-strip so you can plug in several items at a time.
- Laptop and a back-up hard-drive
- Lens and sensor cleaning supplies
- Cable release
- Card reader
- Battery charger
- Make sure you have all the necessary cables
- Rain cover for your camera (which also works well in dusty conditions)
- Rocket blower
- Small flashlight
- First aid kit
- Small multi-purpose tool (in your checked luggage!)
And most of all: Have fun and bring your sense of adventure. Have an open mind to explore your new surroundings, culture and people. A smile will get you a long way, even if you don’t speak the same language!
And if you would like to see some images of my recent trip to Myanmar, you are welcome to head over to my website at www.beatedalbecphotography.com
Beate Dalbec – Bio
Her main interest had always been nature and travel photography. The opportunity to participate in workshops with well-known nature photographer Art Wolfe changed the way she approaches her photography and made her look at the world with new eyes.
She also enjoys pet and equine photography and is availabe for private photo sessions.
To see more of Beate Dalbec’s photography please visit www.beatedalbecphotography.com